(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles) along with his Legislative colleagues held a press conference to re-launch the largest-ever Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color or BMOC. Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer is co-chair of the committee along with Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland). Some of the goals of this new and improved committee include building on and implementing the policies and work of previous committees. This BMOC will also focus on housing, home ownership, LGBT issues and among other concerns facing BMOC. Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer’s remarks at the press conference.
(Sacramento) –Assembly Bill 622 by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) has passed the Assembly on a bipartisan 50-25 vote. AB 622 creates financial and civil penalties for employers who break the law, clarifies the “tentative non-confirmation” notification process for businesses and workers, and creates grounds to prohibit employers from verifying existing workers. “AB 622 is an overdue bill to protect immigrants in California,” Assemblymember Hernández stated. “Under federal regulations E-Verify should not be used on job applicants and existing workers, yet there are virtually no accountability measures or penalties in place for unscrupulous employers who abuse E-Verify.” Learn more about AB 622 in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – The ongoing threat of cyber attacks prompted Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) to convene a joint hearing of two key Assembly Committees to examine the policy steps needed to ensure accountability and transparency by state government as it addresses cyber security. The Select Committee on Cybersecurity – chaired by Assemblymember Iriwn - and the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection met to discuss tangible actions the state can take to secure its assets. “Cybersecurity is a national priority with critical importance in California,” said Assemblymember Irwin. “This committee will continue to work to accelerate the steps being taken to protect California from these cyber threats, and look for new solutions in a way that could serve as an example to other states and the nation as a whole.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/irwin
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) joined Governor Jerry Brown, Senate pro Tempore Kevin de Leon and GOP legislative leaders Senator Bob Huff and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen for a state capitol news conference to announce new emergency drought legislation. “The drought isn’t letting up, so we can’t either,” said Speaker Atkins. “The steps the Assembly, Senate and Governor have worked on will deliver relief to Californians harmed by the drought and help us manage the significant problems the drought continues to cause.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker
(Sacramento) – Speaker Toni G. Atkins’ Assembly Bill 96, which would close loopholes that prevent the effective enforcement of existing California law prohibiting the sale of ivory, has been approved by the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee. “On average, 96 elephants per day are brutally killed for their ivory, translating into an average of over 35,000 elephants per year,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “This type of species loss is unsustainable and African elephants are now being slaughtered faster than they are being born.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Web Report. www.asmdc.org/speaker
(Los Angeles) – California has an affordable housing shortage and homelessness problem that must be addressed. That’s why Speaker Toni G. Atkins, Treasurer John Chiang, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and Assemblymembers Ed Chau, Jimmy Gomez, and David Chiu gathered on a rooftop in L.A. to announce the Assembly Democrats proposal to create more affordable housing in California. The plan includes establishing a permanent source of funding for affordable housing, increasing the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit and using a portion of the Proposition 47 funds to reduce recidivism through rapid rehousing programs. Here’s more from Speaker Atkins and others in this Assembly Web Report. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), responding to the University of California’s plan to further limit enrollment of California students, says she’s frustrated by the UC’s latest attempt to use students as bargaining chips by agreeing to admit 2,000 new out of state students, but threatening to limit the enrollment of new California students. Speaker Atkins says, “Proposing a cap on out of state students at two UC campuses, while increasing out of state enrollment overall, does not solve the problem. UC’s job is to educate California students, not waitlist them.” Here’s more from Speaker Atkins in this Assembly Access video. www.asmdc.org/speaker
(Los Angeles) - Speaker Toni G. Atkins was joined by California Treasurer John Chiang, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Assemblymembers Ed Chau, Jimmy Gomez, and David Chiu, and other business and local leaders as she announced the Assembly Democrats proposal to create more affordable housing in California. “Housing instability is affecting more people than ever before, including more young people and families,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “The Assembly is taking a comprehensive approach to increasing the amount of affordable housing in our state.” Learn more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – Governor Jerry Brown recently said that California’s students should not be “the default financiers of our colleges and universities.” California State Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) wholeheartedly agrees. That’s why Speaker Atkins has directed the Assembly Budget Committee to take what’s called a “zero-based budgeting” approach to the University of California to find out exactly where student and taxpayer dollars are going and if that money is being spent prudently. This line item budgeting approach was sparked when UC Regents decided to raise tuition once again.
“With the Assembly beginning our top-to-bottom review of UC’s budget, I am sure we will be able to identify savings, as well as increased state funding, that will help ensure UC remains a world-class treasure,” said Speaker Atkins. “The Assembly is also committed to capping enrollment for out-of-state students and charging those students a reasonable higher rate to ensure a UC education remains available and affordable for the California students it was built to serve.”
Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more about the Assembly’s review of the University of California’s budget and what students and lawmakers are saying about about it
(Sacramento) – Depending on where you drive in California, our state’s crumbling and congested roadways steal as much as 90 hours a year of your time, as you wait in traffic. That’s a quality of life issue that Californians should not have to endure. California State Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and the Assembly Democrats have come up with a timely and reasonable plan to fix the Golden State’s freeways, bridges and other transportation infrastructure.
“California cannot have a strong middle class or a thriving economy if our roadways are congested and people and goods cannot move efficiently throughout the state,” said Speaker Atkins. “The Assembly is stepping up and proposing $10 billion for transportation infrastructure… $2 billion per year over the next 5 years… starting in 2015-16.”
Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more about Speaker Atkins’s transportation infrastructure plan and why California needs to get the work started right away.